Meron is a 29 year old hairdresser, living with her husband in Uganda. They are expecting a new baby. She shared that although she has had two previous pregnancies, neither was successful, so she is anxiously hopeful to bring this child into the world. Meron's husband is a small scale farmer, and together, they own a three room mud home. When she is not at work, Meron enjoys taking care of the home that she shares with her husband. Because of her previous difficult and unsuccessful pregnancies, her doctors are recommending that she deliver this child via Caesarean section. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Meron to access the care that she needs for a safe and healthy delivery. On October 4th, Meron will undergo a C-Section at Rushoroza Hospital. She and her husband are looking to you to help fund this procedure, which will cost $214. Meron says: “I pray for a successful surgery with a positive outcome. I am very much hopeful that I will finally become a mother. I will continue with hair dressing so that I may be able to take good care of my family.”
Esupat is an 11-year-old girl from Tanzania. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and six siblings. She enjoys helping around the house with different house chores like cooking, cleaning the house, washing dishes, and fetching water. Her father engages in local subsistence farming and livestock keeping. Her mother is a homemaker so the family depends on the father's income for provision of basic needs. Esupat's mother shared that it has been hard for their family the past two years because of drought, their cattle have been dying and farming has not been good. When she was five years old, Esupat was helping her grandmother start a fire. The fire caught her cloth and ended up burning her neck and her chest. Her parents took her to a medical center near their home. After four months of treatment, she got better, and her wounds healed but left her with a burn scar contracture around her neck. She is having a hard time straightening her neck and has a limited range of motion. Her mother says that the treatment she requires is expensive and they won’t be able to pay for it so they are asking for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esupat receive treatment. On October 11th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her move her neck easily. Now, her family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Esupat’s grandmother says, “I am hopeful now that my granddaughter is going to get better.”
Chakriya is a lively 3-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child and lives with her parents who are waiters at a local restaurant. She attends preschool, and loves to paint with watercolors. About six weeks ago, she started having pain in her right ear. She took a cotton bud and inserted it into her ear, which made the pain worse. Her ear feels itchy and she pulls at her ear frequently. Her mother could see something that looks like a black seed in her ear, but could not remove it herself. On October 17th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Chakriya's family needs help to raise $273 to fund this procedure. Her mother shared: "I hope the doctors can remove the black seed and Chakriya will no longer have this pain."
Florah is a primary school teacher and a 38-year-old mother who is expecting a new baby. Her other children are all in school and her husband is also a primary school teacher. Their salary is limited to meet their family's day-to-day needs, education fees, and healthcare costs. Florah shared with us that during her free time, she enjoys teaching and tending to her family. Florah's doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section. If she attempts to deliver vaginally, Florah will be at risk of uterine rupture which might be dangerous to her and the unborn child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Florah undergo a C-Section on October 18th. This procedure will cost $252, and Florah needs your support. Florah says: “I thought I would save some money for my surgery since I knew it was a must to deliver by C-section but due to overwhelming expenditure at home, I was unable. I kindly ask for your support."
Sixbeth is an only child, being raised in Tanzania by his single mother. His mother sells vegetables at the local market. This enables her to provide for her son, but it limits her to only the basic needs. Sixbeth is a friendly and playful boy who loves playing football. He enjoys painting and learning about numbers. When Sixbeth was one year old, he accidentally dipped his left hand into a pot of hot porridge and sustained severe burns. The accident left him with a deformed left hand which he cannot use to carry out his day-to-day activities because his fingers are webbed together. His parents tried to seek treatment for him to help correct the fingers, but the surgery was not successful. Through community partners, Sixbeth’s parents learned about ALMC (The Plaster House). They reached out and were informed about the plastics camp this October. Sixbeth is now at the center, ready to receive treatment. The mother is asking for help for her son to get the required surgery that will help correct his left hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sixbeth receive treatment. On October 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand again easily. Now, his family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Sixbeth’s mother says, “It always hurts to see my son want to hold something but fail because of his hand.”
Favour is a beautiful baby who is suffering from hydrocephalus. Favour's mother was rescued from early marriage by a local Catholic church when Favour was only three months old. After the rescue, she was supported to go back to school while Favour was left under the care of her grandmother. The social worker who helped the mother saw Favour and noticed that her head was larger than it typically would be. She talked to the grandmother and they brought her to BethanyKids Hospital early this year for examination. Scans were done and she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Favour has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Favour will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Her family does not have any extra source of income or insurance to help cover the cost of treatment. So our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Favour that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 21st and will drain the excess fluid from Favour's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Favour will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Favour’s grandmother says, “Currently I’m unable to work well because of my grandchild’s condition. It would really make a great difference when she is treated.”
Bobreen is a beautiful 21-month-old girl, living with her parents in Uganda. Her father works as a vehicle mechanic, while her mother is a secondary school teacher. They rent two rooms for shelter for their family. During her free time, Bobreen enjoys playing with the other children in the neighborhood. Two months ago, Bobreen began to experience troubling symptoms, including a severe cough. She was brought to Rugarama Hospital, and was given treatment for the cough. The cough persisted, even after Bobreen completed the medication. On August 31st, her parents decided to bring her to Rushoroza Hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was treated, but as the time for her to be discharged grew nearer, Bobreen developed a swollen stomach. A nasal gastric tube was inserted, and this helped to decompress her abdomen. She improved for a few days, and started to feed normally, but her stomach started swelling again. Subsequently, Bobreen was diagnosed with an intestinal obstruction. Bobreen needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse, but her parents cannot afford it. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help. Bobreen is scheduled to undergo a curative laparotomy surgery on September 12th at Rushoroza Hospital. This procedure will cost $284, and Bobreen and her family need your support. Bobreen's father says: “I pray that my daughter gets the necessary treatment so that she may be able to live a normal and better life. I pledge to educate her to the highest level possible, so that she can in turn be able to help others.”
Vireak is a 15-year-old student in the 10th grade. He has a 17-year-old brother and an 11-year-old sister. His older brother works in a clothes factory, his sister is in public school in grade five. In school, math is his most favorite subject. Vireak's parents are farmers and grow vegetables in Kandaal province. In his free time, he enjoys football, volleyball, singing songs, and listening to music. At the tender age of seven, Vireak had an electric burn that badly injured his right hand. After the burn healed, the skin retracted, and bent his finger. The joint has become partially dislocated, and it is painful. When Vireak's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveling there hoping for treatment. On September 13th, surgeons at our medical partner CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to relieve him of pain and allow him optimal use of his finger. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure. Vireak shared: "I hope after the operation I can use my hand to hold things and my finger will look normal."
Annah is currently expecting her first child. Her husband is a primary school teacher and they currently live with their husband’s sister but have a plan in place to construct their own house. During her free time, Annah enjoys visiting her friends. Annah's first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage and her doctors recommend that she now deliver via a caesarean section. This way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Annah undergo a C-Section on September 17th. This procedure will cost $214, and Annah and her family need your support. Annah says, “I pray that I may have a successful surgery with a positive outcome. I thank the donor program for giving me a second chance. May God bless you.”
Harriet is a third grade teacher, living with her husband and three children in Uganda. Because her job doesn't pay well, Harriet also works as a farmer, while her husband owns a small retail shop in the local trading center. However, given the poor economic climate, they shared that his business is suffering. Harriet is currently expecting her fourth child. Her doctors have recommended that she deliver this child via a Caesarean section, because of the risks of her previous deliveries. Delivering via a C-section is the best way for the doctors to ensure the safety of both Harriet and her child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Harriet undergo a C-Section on September 27th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. This procedure will cost $252, and Harriet needs your support to fund this procedure. She shared, “I hope my delivery will come out successfully, and I expect a live baby once given your support to undergo my surgery.”
Lucia is a 31 year old woman, living with her husband and two children in Uganda. While Lucia trained to be a secretary, she was unable to find a job that would utilize her skills. Instead, she decided to open up a small shop in the two room home that she shares with her family. The family now lives in one room, as the income from the shop, and from her husband's job as a motorcycle taxi driver, is not sufficient for them to be able to rent a larger house. Lucia is now pregnant with her third child. Lucia has been advised that this child should be delivered via c-section, or she will risk a uterine rupture, threatening her health, and that of the baby. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help. On June 9th, Lucia is scheduled for a C-section at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale, for which African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $252 in funding. Lucia says: “I had tried to prepare myself for this delivery but due to financial inflation present in the country, sales were reduced, we earn little profits which has limited us financially, but I hope that with your support, I will be able to deliver well.”
Moreen is a 35-year-old mother from Uganda. She has four children and is currently expecting her fifth. To support their family, Moreen runs a small retail shop, and her husband operates a motorcycle taxi. Due to having a previous scar and a congenital condition that may cause complications during delivery, Moreen must deliver her child via a Caesarean section. This procedure will help ensure the safety of both Moreen and her child. However, due to financial constraints, she cannot afford to pay for the procedure. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Moreen undergo a C-Section on July 12th. This procedure will cost $252, and Moreen and her family need your support to help fund her care. Moreen says, “When I am given your support, I hope to deliver well and I hope to go home with a live and healthy child.”